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Ed_golick
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 2:52 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Is this a seating blueprint for the old Convention Hall on Woodward? The blueprint is marked "Detroit Convention Center, 6-13-61." What year was Convention Hall demolished? Sorry for the unclear photo, but that's the best I could do. Hopefully it's clear enough to identify.


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Schulzte1
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 3:19 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

That looks like the upper level from Cobo Arena
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 4:04 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I thought so too, but it's not marked as such.
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Danindc
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 4:23 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

quote:

I thought so too, but it's not marked as such.



Usually, public buildings and civic projects aren't named until after they are constructed. I did a project in Richmond, Virginia now known as the Patrick Henry Building. The drawings, of course, do not use this name. Even something seemingly obvious like the "Pentagon" does not use that name on the Construction Documents. Those are just a couple examples. Federal buildings are apt to use some pretty cryptic nomenclature at times.
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Schulzte1
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 7:24 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The circular construction and U shaped stands indicates that it is Cobo, plus Cobo was completed in '61. It probably wasn't named yet
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65memories
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 7:37 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Agree..I remember Cobo being called Convention Hall or Convention Center before it was officially named.
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Ed_golick
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 8:32 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

So who can tell me about the old Convention Hall that was on Woodward? In 1946 it was the location of the first demonstration of television in Michigan.
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Leland_palmer
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Posted on Sunday, April 01, 2007 - 11:31 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Didn't it house the Auto Show at one time?
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Gistok
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 2:00 am: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I'm drawing a blank on that one Ed...

During the late 40's and early 50's the Auto Show was held in Masonic Temple's Drill Hall above the Masonic Temple Theatre. They used an outside crane to get the cars up there.

Kathleen or 56packman... any ideas??

(Message edited by Gistok on April 02, 2007)
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Downtown_dave
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 1:05 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

Old Convention Hall was "near Woodward and Warren." See info here:
http://info.detnews.com/histor y/story/index.cfm?id=20&catego ry=business
I thought some of it was on Cass, too.
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Psip
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 1:08 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It was held for a number of years at the Detroit Armory on Eight Mile by Greenfield.
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Crew
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 1:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

I believe the site known by many as the site of the Vernor's plant is now being developed as South University Village by WSU.

(Message edited by Crew on April 02, 2007)
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Gistok
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 1:33 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

It's funny that the article didn't mention the move to Masonic Temple in the late 40's and early 50's.
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56packman
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 2:30 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

There was an armory building on congress that hosted the auto show (and other conventions) prior to its 1940's demolition. I caught fire at one point, not sure of that led to its demolition
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Psip
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Posted on Monday, April 02, 2007 - 4:16 pm: Edit PostDelete PostMove Post (Moderator/Admin Only)

The Congress Street Armory
Interior during WW I for the funeral of our boys.

Funeral


The 1940's Fire

Fire 1


Fire 2


Demolition

Demo



The Artillery Armory on West 8 Mile

Art


VMC WSU

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